I’m the proud owner of a Plextor 716SA (sata). I’ve had it now for 4 years and its still ripping CD’s flawlessly. I don’t do much burning nor ripping of DVD’s as about 97% of the time it’s in use its ripping CD’s (other than loading up games). I rip my music into FLAC (individual tracks), create a cue sheet and Log and store the music on PC hard drive and listen to it on a Rockboxed iRiver iHP-120 at home, in the car etc. I never burn CD’s anymore.
I’m a bit familiar with the unit & EAC and have been reading on how to make my rips even better. I recently just upgraded the firmware to 1.11 (I believe its the final) from 1.08 and in doing so had to setup EAC all over again (for some reason once I installed the new firmware in the drive it went into burst mode). So now I’m back into secure mode and have followed the set up guide over at Hydrogen Audio Wiki which is pretty much the same recommendations here at CD Freaks.
Last night I spent hours reading about Plextor drives and EAC and read some very interesting threads about how EAC isn’t very reliable for the caching test and perhaps has issues with C2 errors. I have read (what I think is) contradicting statements and all about the -USEFUA thing. Apparently this helps correct the shortcomings but isn’t 100% either.
So my question is simple. Should I check off the box for caching and C2 errors? I’ll take a safe, great rip over a perfect flawless rip if it means not adjusting settings everytime or doing a bunch of complicated procedures. Keep in mind I rip into FLAC and not creating Cd’s. I don’t want to do the -USEFUA thing unless someone can convince me otherwise. According to DAO website my player Caches (which isn’t good but common), does Accurate Stream (of course) and does C2 errors. I’m a little confused about the whole thing since some posters have gone to great lengths to explain the issues but yet still leaves me wondering.
Any help & advice will be much appreciated!